Glossary Tip: Sport: Love it when that happens!

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Glossary Tip:  Sport

By CDsSister
August 23, 2012

What is a botanical sport? There are different ways of phrasing it but it amounts to a plant suddenly putting off a variant of the original plant; sometimes this process is referred to as a mutation.

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Name: Renée
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Aug 23, 2012 7:24 AM CST
The two-headed daylily is amazing!
We have ajugas all over the place, and a couple of years ago, one produced a variegated sport. Unfortunately, it never happened again.
Name: Caroline Scott
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Aug 23, 2012 7:39 AM CST
I guess when anyone finds one---they need to take the time to try and propagate the "sport".
Somewhere I have read that some of the "sports" are due to virus.
Has that come up in your reading?
Name: Lynn
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Aug 23, 2012 7:49 AM CST
I loved this tidbit of information, really gets my mind to thinking. We have sports within the sempervivum plants, one of them is S. 'Oddity' with odd shaped leaves, and another is S. 'New Rhumba' with variegated leaves.
Name: Paul
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Aug 23, 2012 11:28 AM CST
Many of the popular hostas are sports from a mother plant.
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Name: Marilyn
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Aug 23, 2012 12:22 PM CST

I was interested when some one on the sempervivum forum questioned their plant, so I had to go out and find out

what "sport" meant. It causes such unique and interesting plants.

I hope all of us will send a tip when we run into terms that could be added to the glossary.

Dave is planning to implement one when we have enough data. Thanks to all who helped make my tip worthy of discussion.

:tiphat: I tip my hat to you.

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